The state House's picks to serve on the University of North Carolina governing board for the next four years include five newcomers and three incumbents.
The chamber elected eight people to the 32-member UNC Board of Governors, as it does every other year.
New members include former state Rep. Pearl Burris-Floyd; ex-Rutherford County Sheriff Philip Byers; accountant Walter Davenport; attorney Joe Knott III; and land developer Alex Mitchell. Re-elected were James Holmes Jr., Mary Ann Maxwell and David Powers
Sunshine Week began Sunday March 15th. To some the 15th is the Ides of March, to others it represents the annual push by media outlets and open-government advocates for transparency. Recently, the On-Line Investigative reporting service Carolina Public Press surveyed 18 WNC counties about closed sessions held by their boards of commissioners. David Hurand spoke with CPP reporter Jon Elliston.
Bills that rework district boundaries and representation on two large North Carolina local governments are heading to the House after their final OKs by the Senate.
Senators voted Thursday for the two measures filed by Republicans that change the structure of the Wake County board of commissioners and Greensboro city council. There was no floor debate Thursday compared to intense discussion Wednesday, when the bills passed initially on party-line votes.
A bill has been introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly that if approved would ask voters to amend the State Constitution. Buncombe County Democrat, Representative Brian Turner of the 116th District says his bill would require a voter referendum for any changes to local government districts imposed by the General Assembly. Representative Turner spoke with David Hurand
North Carolina Republican senators have also entered into affairs of local governments without being asked to do so, this time in Wake County and Greensboro.
It looks like legislation adjusting North Carolina's gasoline tax is heading to negotiations, but it's unclear when a House bill giving expanded tools to Governor Pat McCrory to recruit companies gets heard in the Senate.
Senators formally rejected Monday night the House version of a tax measure that would lower the gas tax immediately, but not as much as current law mandates this summer. The Senate passed different gas tax changes last month. Final agreement is important soon because the bill also contains income tax law changes for April 15 filers.
Highlights of Gov. Pat McCrory's $21.5 billion spending plan released Thursday for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Unless otherwise noted, the dollars amounts are for the 2015-16 year only. For spending changes, figures are for amount spent or saved compared to what was projected or needed to keep operating at current levels.
— locate $111 million to increase the floor for early-career teacher salaries from $33,000 to $35,000 and to give experienced-based raises.